Back in May, I reviewed a copy of the second book in the Drew Farthering series for Bethany House. When they offered me a copy of the third book, I was pretty excited to continue the story!
Julianna Deering's newest release, "Murder at the Mikado" seemed like the perfect August read.
Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into this one. The back and forth between Drew and his fiance was just too much for me. He was sneaky. She didn't like it. They worked it out it. But then they realized that they really hadn't. The mystery seemed to take a back burner, which was disappointing to me.
There were about 150 pages that were SOLID and had me ALMOST changing my mind about this book. I was eager to figure out which clues were meant to lead me astray. Those pages had me content to keep reading so that I could get to the bottom of exactly WHO was behind the crimes taking place.
No sooner did I really get into it that the mood changed and it was right back to the on again off again relationships between certain characters.
Deering is so capable of putting together a good story. I'm just not in it for the human interactions and cliche dilemmas that they may face.
While I couldn't get into this book, you might just love it!
*I was provided a review copy of this book by Bethany House. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I absolutely adore those murder mysteries that you can sink your teeth into, those ones that bring to mind the wonderful works of Agatha Christie, and so I have been very pleased with each book from Deering's talented pen. "Murder at the Mikado" is the third installment in the "Drew Farthering Mystery" series - and it had better not be the last because I just couldn't get enough! Drew and his fiance Madeline end up back in the thick of a mysterious plot, with dead bodies piling up and questions multiplying rapidly. Add in the threat from former flames, right when you are planning a wedding, and you have all you need for a dramatic, absorbing read! This book reveals a deeper look into both Drew and Madeline as readers are given a better glimpse into their past and realize that both have made mistakes and struggle with past choices and experiences. I appreciate how Deering can take a mystery like this and yet naturally weave in elements of faith with themes of forgiveness and trust in God's leading. The mystery itself kept me on my toes from start to end, with lots of false trails thrown in along the way, something I always enjoy. The end of the book provides for some wonderful closure on one level, but leaves things wide open for a fourth book that would see the return of Drew and Madeline pursuing a mystery utterly important to Drew's past and future. Let's hope that book four is in the works, because I could happily dedicate an entire shelf of my library to the future antics of Drew Farthering!
If you enjoy a good mystery then plan on spending some time with Drew and Madeline this summer. You will be glad you did!
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If anyone can write about murder with class it is Julianna Deering. "Murder at the Mikado" is the third in the Drew Fathering Mystery series. In this installment, Drew has a visit from his past. It seems while in college, Drew got tangled with a dangerous woman, Fleur, a gorgeous actress, who has been accused of murder. The victim being her ex-boyfriend and fellow actor. Drew is called on to solve the crime and brings his best friend, Nick, and his fianc, Madeline, to help him out. Not surprisingly, Fleur showing up does not sit well with Madeline. Not only does the body count keep going up, but things are crumbling in Drew's engagement as well.
These books are all set in the 1930s England; Drew being an extremely rich 24 year old and an amateur sleuth. The language in the books is well-to-do and could be annoying to the new reader. But stick with it, because once you get used to it it becomes quiet catchy and you start to love the flow of the speech. I like the time period and the class that is portrayed in the books. I give it four stars
This is another great entry in the Drew Farthering Mystery series! Drew faces his biggest challenge thus far in finding a murderer, but will it cost him much more than he bargained for? The story centers on the Tivoli Theater and its troupe of players. One of their own is murdered and a former member is allegedly seen leaving the scene of the crime. The accused is a woman from Drews past and the woman in his present, his fiance Madeline, isnt at thrilled to have her enter Drews life again. Drew agrees to look into things for the sake of the womans young son and her husband.
The stakes are raised when another body is discovered at the theater. The pressure is on Drew to solve the case quickly as his wedding is in three weeks. Madeline thinks he should be concentrating on his upcoming marriage and not this woman from the past. Things begin to get very tense between Madeline and Drew. Drew agrees to drop his investigation at Madelines request, but on the cusp of doing so he is presented with information about his birth mother that he cant ignore. To get more information, he must solve the case. Drew thinks Madeline will surely understand wont she? Then, yet another victim is found dead at the theater. Drew is desperate to solve the case and be done with it. There seem to be too many suspects for the murders, but who is the mastermind behind these killings? What is the motive?
I am so enjoying this series. I hope there are several more novels in store for readers to relish. I thought the way the author handled Drews past relationship with the actress was well done and showed that Drew is not a perfect man and can make mistakes. I also found it wonderful how Drew and Madeline were each focused on the others welfare and only wanted what was best for each other. The characters are becoming familiar and well-known. The mystery had many twists and turns and kept me guessing. This was a thorough pleasure to read. I cant wait for the next book in the series!
An old flame and a murder don't make for a very good start when planning a wedding. Drew Farthering and Madeline Parker are planning the wedding of the century, but Fleur Landis, Drew's former fling, comes into town and brings murder along with her. The lead actor in Fleur's former troupe's production of "The Mikado''' is murdered and Fleur is the number one suspect. She is in desperate need of Drew's sleuthing skills, but their history upsets Madeline. This new case threatens to put a damper on the wedding plans as Madeline begs Drew to bow out of the investigation and Drew, who doesn't like to go back on his word, continues to secretly follow the clues. The only problem is that everyone has a motive and no one has an alibi for the night of the murder. More people are being murdered and it's beginning to look hopeless.
Julianna Deering has style and flair. Her characters have come to life on the written page and give us a glimpse of life in 1930s England. The characters are fun and the stories have gotten better and better. I love how they all get tied together so neatly in the end even when it's a development you were never expecting.
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